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Compton Bay Fossil Walks

Various dates through the summer holidays. Join Wight Coast Fossils at Compton Bay and travel back in time 130 million years to the Cretaceous period as you discover the fossils of the Compton coast.

  • Booking essential

On an hour long walk, your guide Megan will use the fossils and clues in the rocks to build a picture of the dramatic changes the Island has undergone before finishing with the indisputable evidence that dinosaurs once roamed across the Island – the famous Hanover Point dinosaur footprints.

There's a chance to find your own piece of our prehistoric past too, from fossilised bone, teeth and wood.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £5.00
Child £3.00

The basics

Booking details



Suitable for the whole family

Meeting point

Meet at Compton Bay

What to bring and wear

Please wear clothing suitable for the weather on the day. Compton can be quite exposed and you may wish to bring warm clothing and waterproof shoes or boots, or sun cream and a hat.


Please note that Compton beach is accessible by a set of steep wooden steps.


Payment is by cash or card on the day. There is parking in the National Trust car park (chargeable for non members).

Upcoming events


BioBlitz at Dunsbury 

Join us in a family-friendly one-day race against the clock to photograph as much nature as we can to contribute to a scientific survey recording the changing state of nature. For kids there are nature trails, fossils, barn owl poo and skulls!

Event summary

22 Jun 2024
10:00 to 16:00